December 24, 2018 Surf Forecast

December 24, 2018, 5:00 AM HST · Updated December 24, 5:00 AM

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Monday December 31: Surf will near advisory levels Tuesday night through Wednesday along exposed north and west facing shores as a moderate northwest swell fills in. Surf may reach warning levels Thursday night through Friday along exposed north and west facing shores as a larger northwest swell fills in. Small to moderate trade wind swell will keep the surf up along east facing shores through midweek as the winds become light.
Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.



am        pm  

Surf: Waist to chest high NNW ground swell with occasional shoulder high sets.

Conditions: Sideshore/choppy with E winds 20-25mph in the morning decreasing to 15-20mph in the afternoon.


am        pm  

Surf: Knee high S long period swell for the morning with occasional thigh high sets. This builds in the afternoon with sets up to 1-2′ overhead high.

Conditions: Semi glassy/semi bumpy in the morning with NNW winds less than 5mph. Clean conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting ENE 5-10mph.


am        pm  

Surf: Knee to waist high NNW ground swell in the morning with occasional stomach high sets. This drops into the knee to thigh range for the afternoon.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 15-20mph.

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**


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